EDVIEW 360Structured Literacy
Webinar Series

Literacy Culture Change: A Case Example

Structured Literacy Series

Thursday, August 5 | 2:00 p.m. (CT)

Changing a school’s literacy culture is difficult, especially when the change requires a deep examination of the weaknesses of an existing program. This webinar will explore a real-life example of how Venture Academy, a school for students who struggle with learning disabilities in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, was able to make the shift from
 viewing the teaching of reading through a whole language lens to one of evidence and science. Participants will learn how the school made a systematic change in reading philosophy and adopted the components of an effective literacy program in
 just one year. The discussion will include an in-depth examination of student outcomes before and after the year of change.

Dr. Louise Spear-Swerling

John Alexander

John Alexander, M.Ed., has spent 32 years helping emerging and struggling readers become proficient. He is a graduate of Harvard University, and has been a reading teacher, head of school, and reading coach. Dr. Alexander is passionate about democratizing evidence-based literacy instruction for all students. In 2019, he left school administration to create an educational consulting business, Lexia Consulting Services, which focuses on literacy instruction. Through his business, Dr. Alexander works with individual families and schools, bringing a wide and deep experience in assessment, curriculum design and implementation, professional development, and teacher coaching in literacy instruction.

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